Robert Doisneau: Paris After The War


During World War II Paris fell to invading German troops. The city was under German control for four years until the Liberation of Paris in 1944. This exhibition, Robert Doisneau: Paris After The War, is an examination of how the ordinary people of Paris persevered in the aftermath of World War II.

Robert Doisneau (1922-1994) considered to be one of France’s great 20th century photographers, illuminated the humanity of Parisians struggling to return to everyday life. Although he began taking pictures at the age of sixteen, Doisneau preferred shooting objects instead of people.  Through surreal and humorous juxtapositions, Doisneau revealed the warmth of city life all around him. During his service as a French Resistance soldier, Doisneau captured in his photographs the occupation and liberation of Paris from Nazi Germany and the collaborationist Vichy régime. Perhaps his most famous picture, Le Baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville (The Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville), 1950—included in the current exhibition—distilled the romance of the city in the post-war era. 

Robert Doisneau: Paris After The War continues until May 24, 2019 in the Dubois Gallery, Maginnes Hall on the 4th floor. Hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.